Tag Archives: spam

On Sale: Likes & Followers

The spam companies that sell fake Twitter followers and other false social media boosts have been dropping their prices. Usually their emails demand much more money than the one I just received. Last week I got an offer to create my Wikipedia entry for a “mere but non-negotiable $500 fee.” I guess that’s a lot more work.

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NY Times Busted In Spam Claim

The New York Post is slamming the Times this morning after the Grey Lady accidentally sent a discount offer to over eight million subscribers then later claimed that the message was actually sent by spammers. “The e-mail is SPAM and was not sent from The New York Times. We are alerting subscribers immediately,” the paper told reporters by e-mail at ...

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Less Spam? Thank Russia

Russian authorities have shut down a single scamster who was estimated to be responsible for 20% of all the spam on the internet. You may not have noticed, but since late last month, the world supply of Viagra ads and other e-mail spam has dropped by an estimated one-fifth. With 200 billion spam messages in circulation each day, there is ...

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Daily Grumble

Is it just me or has Gmail just given up on spam blocking? A year ago I’d get one or two a week, max. Lately, it’s 20 or 30 a day. Annoyed!

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Friendster Relaunches

Third runner-up social network Friendster relaunched this weekend. Via Techcrunch: Friendster outlines some of the changes in a video (embedded below), in which it calls out other social networks (*cough* Facebook and *cough* MySpace) for being plain and boring. My absolute favorite part of the video: “I mean, if everyone’s there, woop de doo”. Friendster in the clip says the ...

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30th Spamiversary

Via BBC: The first recognizable e-mail marketing message was sent on 3 May, 1978 to 400 people on behalf of DEC – a now-defunct computer-maker. The message was sent via Arpanet – the internet’s forerunner – and won its sender much criticism from recipients. Thirty years on, spam has grown into an underground industry that sends out billions of messages ...

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